The First Book of Kings contains the following story:
And there (at Mt. Horeb, the prophet Elijah) came to a cave, and lodged there;
and behold, the Word of the Lord came to him, and said to him, “What are you
doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of
hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your
altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and
they seek my life, to take it away.” And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the
mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong
wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the
Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was
not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the
fire; and after the fire a still, small voice. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped
his face in his mantle and went out and stood out at the entrance of the cave.
(1 Kings 19:9-13)
This passage tells us all we need to know as we attempt to discern the will
of God for us. The story tells us that the Lord is not found in the wind, or the
earthquake or the fire. If we want to hear what the Lord is saying to us, we
must listen to that “still, small voice” speaking from the depths of our heart,
from the depths of our spirit.
The passage also tells us what we need to do to be able to hear that still,
small voice. We need to be quiet and find solitude. We need to find a place and
take the time to listen. We need to tune out the noise - both exterior and
interior - that fills our ears and our mind.
And we need to be still, and listen and wait for the Lord to speak. Just